• Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei regains All-England Open Crown (pic)

    Despite an ankle problem, Lee Chong Wei produced one of his finest performances to regain the All-England Open title by beating Chen Long from China in an impressively emphatic straight games win in Birmingham on Sunday.

    The world number one from Malaysia beat the titleholder from China 21-13, 21-18 - revenge for his loss to Chen in the final last year.Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia poses with his trophy after beating Chen Long of China in their All England Open Badminton Championships men's singles final match in Birmingham, central England. (AFP/CARL COURT)

    The variety of the 31-year-old's game was often mesmerising, and his focus was steely enough to resist determined second-game fight-backs by Chen from 4-10 to 9-10 and from 13-18 to 17-18 and to within the width of the net tape of getting to 18-all.

  • Lee Chong Wei has Chen Long revenge in his sights (pic)

    World number one Lee Chong Wei earned himself a revenge attempt with All-England champion Chen Long after escaping from close defeat to achieve a breathtaking victory.

    BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom: World number one Lee Chong Wei earned himself a revenge attempt with All-England champion Chen Long after escaping from close defeat to achieve a breathtaking victory.Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia prepares to return against Son Wan Ho of South Korea during their All England Open Badminton Championships men's singles semi-final match in Birmingham, central England.

    The Malaysian did that with a 14-21, 21-19, 21-15 win over Son Wan Ho, the in-form world number 11 from Korea, after being close to the exit at a game down and 15-17 and 17-18 down in the second.

    In those difficult moments, Lee played his most controlled badminton, either deep to the back-line or tight to the net, and picked his moments perceptively to apply the sudden moments of pressure which took him to his sixth successive All-England Open final.

    Son, by contrast, tended to over-press in the crises after playing a superb match in which he took advantage of Lee's error-tinged first game and also pushed on to an early four-point lead in the final game.

  • Chinese rule the roost at All-England event

    BIRMINGHAM, England (Reuters) - China maintained their dominance of the All-England Badminton Championships on Saturday although Lee Chong Wei stole most of the attention at the National Indoor Arena.

    The Malaysian raced into a 5-0 lead in the first game of his men's singles semi-final before Korean Son Wan Ho rallied to take it 21-14.

    Olympic silver medallist Wei then hit back to claim the next two games 21-19 21-15 to secure his place in the final.

    He next faces title holder Chen Long in a repeat of last year's final after he disposed of fellow Chinese Wang Zhengmong 21-17 21-14.

  • Chong Wei scrape through to All-England final (pic)

    BIRMINGHAM: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei huffed and puffed his way past South Korea’s Son Wan-ho to check into the final of the All-England badminton championships.

    Two-time winner Chong Wei, who has enjoyed an easy run so far, found the 25-year-old military man a sturdy wall as he slogged for a 14-21, 21-19, 21-15 win in the semi-finals at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham on Saturday.Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei had a close shave with defeat before beating South Korean Son Wan-ho in three sets in the semi-final of the All-England in Birmingham on Saturday.

    Despite taking a 5-1 lead in the first game, Chong Wei was caught off-guard by Wan-ho’s steely determination as the Korean came back strongly to win it.

    The two-time Olympic silver medallist then toyed with the prospect of a surprise – and painful exit – when Wan-ho led 17-15 in the second game.

    Being the fighter that he is, Chong Wei managed to muster enough firepower in reserves to force a deciding rubber by the skin of his teeth.

    He then stormed ahead to seal his place in his sixth straight All-England final after 71 minutes.

  • All-England Badminton Championship Final Results: Live

    Lee Chong Wei sinks to his knees after winning the All-England men's singles title, beating defending champion Chen Long in straight sets in the final on Sunday. - AFP

    Lee Chong Wei sinks to his knees after winning the All-England men's singles title, beating defending champion Chen Long in straight sets in the final on Sunday. - AFP

     


     

     

    1. Starting at 12:00 PM WD
    Xiaoli Wang [1] (China)
    Yang (F) Yu (China)
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    (China) Jin Ma
    (China) Yuanting Tang
    21-17 18-21 23-21     1:21
       2. Followed by MD
    Mohammad Ahsan [1] (Indonesia)
    Hendra Setiawan (Indonesia)
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    (Japan) Hiroyuki Endo [2]
    (Japan) Kenichi Hayakawa
    21-19 21-19     0:45
       3. Followed by WS
    Shixian Wang [4] (China)
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    (China) Xuerui Li [1]
    21-19 21-18     0:50
       4. Followed by MS
    Chong Wei Lee [1] (Malaysia)
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    (China) Long Chen [2]
    21-13 21-18     0:59
       5. Followed by XD
    Tontowi Ahmad [2] (Indonesia)
    Liliyana Natsir (Indonesia)
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    (China) Nan Zhang [1]
    (China) Yunlei Zhao
    21-13 21-17     0:42

     

  • Defending champ Chen Long stutter in first round win (pic)

    BIRMINGHAM: World No. 2 and defending champion Chen Long is Lee Chong Wei’s biggest threat at the All-England.

    And he believes that he is ready to thwart Chong Wei once more... once he gets his game going.

    The 25-year-old Chen Long was nearly sent packing in the first round on a day of upsets after former world junior champion Viktor Axelsen magnificently rose to the challenge.Defending champion Chen Long of China needed three sets to beat Viktor Axelsen in the first round of the All-England badminton championship on Wednesday.

    Defending champion Chen Long of China needed three sets to beat Viktor Axelsen in the first round of the All-England badminton championship on Wednesday.

  • Lee Chong Wei to compete in All-England Badminton Championships (pic)

    Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei, who won his 10th consecutive Maybank Malaysian Open title in January, has appeared in the last five men's singles finals.

    Malaysia's badminton ace Lee Chong Wei and defending champion Chen Long of China confirmed their participation in the All-England Badminton Championships to be held in Birmingham from March 4-9.Can Lee Chong Wei win another All England Title?

  • Lin Dan fails to make the cut for All-England (pic)

    KUALA LUMPUR: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei will not have his nemesis Lin Dan of China as one of his opponents at the All-England in Birmingham from March 4-9.

    The Badminton World Federation (BWF) released the entries for the prestigious event on Thursday and five-time world champion Lin Dan, who had indicated making a return to the training centre recently after a six-month absence, did not make the cut.

    Lin Dan is currently ranked 103rd in the world.In the absence of Lin Dan, he is expected to be the main threat to world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei in the All England badminton tournament.

    In the absence of Lin Dan, he is expected to be the main threat to world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei in the All England badminton tournament.

    Chong Wei, who is the top seed, will be hoping to win the All-England title for the third time. However, he will face strong opposition as the rest of the players in the top 10 standings have confirmed their entry.

  • Tommy dreams of winning title in front of dad (pic)

    BUKIT JALIL: The thought of playing in front of your parents can be emotional and nerve-racking for any athlete, more so if your dad is a former world champion.

    No wonder Indonesia’s Tommy Sugiarto, son of 1983 men’s singles world champion Icuk Sugiarto, seldom plays competitively in front of his father.Tommy Sugiarto on his way to defeating India’s K. Srikanth 21-10, 21-15 on Jan 17, 2014. He will meet Japan's Kenichi Tago in the semi-finals of the Maybank Malaysian Open.

    Icuk, who was also a member of the 1984 Thomas Cup winning team, was rated among the world’s best when he dominated the badminton scene in the 1980’s.

    “In my family, my father has the biggest influence on my games. But seeing him before my game makes me nervous... I don’t know why. That’s why he hardly turns up for my matches,” said Tommy.

  • Chen exit clears path for Lee Chong Wei (pic)

    KUALA LUMPUR: World number one Lee Chong Wei's march to the Malaysia Open title appeared unstoppable after Chinese archrival Chen Long crashed out in the quarter-finals on Friday.

    Malaysia's Lee, who had no trouble brushing past Chen's eighth-seeded compatriot Du Pengyu 21-9, 21-15, said he is feeling confident after his quick 34-minute win.Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei returns a shot against China's Pengyu Du during their men's single quarter-final match at the Malaysia Open Badminton Superseries in Kuala Lumpur on January 17, 2014.

    Asked about world number two Chen, who defeated him at the Korea Open last week, Lee just smiled and said: "I always try my best to win every tournament I enter.

    "It is no different here, but as I always say, I will take it one match at a time and now I have to focus on my semifinal opponent."

  • Chong Wei's biggest threat Chen Long sent packing (pic)

    BUKIT JALIL: Japan's world No. 5 Kenichi Tago gave Lee Chong Wei a massive favour after turning on the style to stun world No. 2 Chen Long in the quarter-finals of the Maybank Malaysian Open.

    Chen Long who won the Korean Open last week by beating Chong Wei, was suffering from fever and was clearly not in his best condition as Tago won 21-18, 9-21, 21-10 on Saturday.Chong Wei's biggest threat Chen Long sent packing

    The Japanese ace will go on to meet Indonesia's Tommy Sugiarto in the semi-finals. Tommy was in smashing form as he brushed aside India's K. Srikanth 21-10, 21-15.

  • China start planning early for Thomas Cup (pic)

    BUKIT JALIL: It's only January but it’s no secret that China are already warming up for the Thomas Cup that will be held in New Delhi in May.

    China have an abundance of talented singles shuttlers – Chen Long, Wang Zhengming and Du Pengyu to name a few.

    Despite dominating the world’s premier team event since 2004, China’s men’s doubles has always been perceived as a weak link.China coach Li Yongbo. He has already put measures in place to strengthen their choices in the doubles.

    But if anything, China, under the stewardship of renowned head coach Li Yongbo, have already put ahead plans to strengthen their choices in the doubles.

    Four-time world champion Fu Haifeng has already started partnering the younger Hong Wei, with the pair reaching the final of the Korean Open last week, before losing to Denmark’s Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen.

  • Who will succeed Chong Wei? (pic)

    BUKIT JALIL: Does Malaysia have the talent in the men’s singles department to replace world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei?

    Based on last year’s results and current form, there are eight potential shuttlers. Sadly, all of them are still under the radar in the international scene.

    Six of them are Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) players – Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin, Goh Soon Huat, Choong Yee Han, Tan Kian Meng, Soong Joo Ven and Soo Teck Zhi – and two independent players – Misbun Ramdan Misbun and Zulfadli Zulkifli.Lee Chong Wei might have two more good years in him. But there is still no replacement in sight.

    Except for Joo Ven, Yee Han and Kian Meng, the rest took part in the ongoing Maybank Malaysian Open but none cleared the qualifying tournament at the Putra Stadium on Tuesday.

    All of them put up fighting displays but still were not good enough to pull off a breakthrough.

    How much longer will it take for them to join the big league?

    China are already leaps and bounds ahead of Malaysia. So are countries like Indonesia, South Korea and even Japan, Thailand and India.

  • Lee Chong Wei looks to fend off Chen Long in Malaysia Open

    Malaysia's top-ranked badminton star Lee Chong Wei is determined to bounce back on home turf this week after a weekend loss in Korea to hard-charging world number two Chen Long of China.

    The Malaysian Open kicks off Wednesday with the 31-year-old hometown hero smarting from his loss to Chen on Sunday in the singles final of the Korean Open.

    The top two seeds are expected to cruise through their respective halves of the draw in Malaysia and could clash again in the final in Kuala Lumpur.

    Lee has dominated world badminton, holding the top ranking nearly uninterrupted since 2008 and winning seven titles last year.

  • Imminent change at top (pic)

    NEW ERA: Chen Long set to rule after latest master class

     THE Korea Open signalled the changing of the guard at the world stage as it has become evident Lee Chong Wei is powerless to stop China's Chen Long from taking over as the leading men's singles player.Chen Long is the player China will depend on to win honours this year.

    No player, not even China legend Lin Dan, has managed to beat Chong Wei in straight games four times in a row but Chen Long has done exactly that. 

    Chen Long, in prime physical condition at 25 and armed with sound tactics and skills, will be the player China will depend on to win honours in the main events this year.

  • Jan reckons only Chen can spoil Lee’s party (pic)

    BUKIT JALIL: If there is one person to break Lee Chong Wei’s more than five-year reign as the world No. 1 player, it has to be Chen Long of China this year.

    That’s the belief of Denmark’s top player Jan O Jorgensen, who is here for the Maybank Malaysian Open starting on Wednesday at Putra Stadium.

    “I may be currently ranked third in the world but I do not see myself breaking Chong Wei’s reign in the near future,” said the 26-year-old Jorgensen, who has won only two Super Series titles - the 2010 Denmark Open and last year’s French Open.Jan O Jorgensen (left) of Denmark feels that only China's Chen Long can dislodge Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei (right) from the world No.1 ranking.

    “For now, Chong Wei and Chen Long are in a different league all together. They are able to raise the level of badminton to a different level when they face-off.”

    “I do not dare put myself in that league to threaten Chong Wei’s reign - just yet. For now, it is Chen Long’s role.”

  • Chong Wei: I lost to a better player (pic)

    KUALA LUMPUR: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei has promised to bounce back stronger at the Malaysian Open after failing to get off to a dream start in the season-opening Korean Open in Seoul.

    The 31-year-old shuttler went down 14-21, 15-21 to China’s Chen Long in Sunday’s 56-minute men’s singles final, thus crushing his hopes of winning the Korean Open for the fourth time.

    It was Chen Long’s eighth win over Chong Wei in 15 meetings – and his fourth consecutive victory over the Malaysian – in a period of 14 months.Lee Chong Wei reacts after losing a point to Chen Long of China in the men's singles final of the Korean Open on Sunday. The Malaysian world No.1 lost the match in straight sets.

    The powerful Chen Long, who is trying to fill in the shoes of five-time world champion Lin Dan, produced an efficient display to give himself an early 25th birthday present.

    Chen Long, who turns 25 on Jan 18, accelerated to a 7-0 first-game lead in just six minutes – showcasing his brilliance at the net and superb execution of smashes from the baseline.

  • Lee-Chen rivalry resumes in Korean Open final (pic)

    KUALA LUMPUR: The year’s first badminton tournament – the Korean Open – is set for a red-hot finale in chilly Seoul.

    World No. 1 and top seed Lee Chong Wei and second seed Chen Long of China were in sizzling form en route to overcoming their semi-final opponents on Saturday.

    Chong Wei stood solid in the face of Kenichi Tago’s constant battering to prevail 21-17, 21-17 in 51 minutes while the lanky Chen Long packed off Thailand’s Boonsak Ponsana 21-15, 21-9 in 41 minutes. 

    The opener saw Chong Wei losing his focus momentarily before making a comeback to nick it. The second game was nail-biting with both trading blow for blow before the 31-year-old Malaysian claimed his 15th win over the Japanese in 16 meetings.

    But Chong Wei had better be wary of the lanky Chen Long, who is shaping up well for their first duel this year.

  • Lee Chong Wei qualifies for Korean Open finals (pic)

    KUALA LUMPUR: World badminton number one Lee Chong Wei is one step closer to winning the Korean Open Super Series Badminton Tournament Championship for the fourth time after confirming a slot in the finals on Sunday.

    The Malaysian beat fifth-seeded Kenichi Tago from Japan 21-17, 21-17 in a thrilling 51-minute semi-final match at the Olympics 2 Stadium in Seoul on Saturday.

    However, he is expected to receive stiff resistance from rival Chen Long of China, who disposed veteran Thai player Boonsak Ponsana 21-15 and 21-9.

  • Favourites cruise into Korean Open quarters (pic)

    KUALA LUMPUR: No new stars stole the show in the Korean Open on a day when two tournament favourites, Lee Chong Wei and Chen Long of China, made it to the men’s singles quarter-finals in contrasting fashions.

    Top seed and defending champion Chong Wei stayed hot in a cold Seoul by disposing of Marc Zwiebler of Germany 21-14, 21-18 in the second round but second seed Chen Long dropped a game before making it through.

    All England champion Chen Long overcame a sluggish start to beat Takuma Euda of Japan 19-21, 21-9, 21-14.

    Today, Chong Wei will face a usual suspect – Du Pengyu of China, while Chen Long has set up a match against Nguyen Tien Minh of Vietnam.

    National singles coach Rashid Sidek said that the season opener has given a sneak preview of what to expect in the men’s singles competition - probably for the rest of the season.

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